The retired England cricketer Michael Atherton has said that England shouldn’t relax despite having an unassailable 2 – 0 lead over the West Indies with one match remaining in the season.

The teams will face each other in Barbados on Thursday and Atherton talking to Sky Sports said that the team should go for a whitewash.

He said that as long as all the players are fit then they should play the strongest possible side. Rather than giving less experienced players, such as Tom Curran, a chance he thinks that they should just go for the win.

Speaking after the win on Monday he said, “I think that if you need to broaden the experience in your squad and develop a bigger squad, there is an argument for it, but I think England have got a big enough squad. There are people like Mark Wood and David Willey to come back in if they get fit and people like Steven Finn might not even get in the Champions Trophy squad, so it’s not as if they have to give experience to a new player.”

Finn, who has become the third-fastest bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets, is not a certainty for a Champions Trophy place, which Atherton said is “a measure of England’s strength”.

While Chris Woakes was not among the wickets, he preceded his unbeaten fifty with economical figures of 0-26 off eight overs and Atherton has said that his dependability with the ball and bat make him an extremely valuable asset to coach Eoin Morgan.

Atherton said that Woakes looks like the type of cricketer “you don’t have to worry about” and said that he is the “sort of guy who is going to be completely professional, sort himself out, and be very, very consistent.”